Mike Clelland writes for Open Minds on the connection between “unambiguous UFOs,” as researcher David Marler refers to certain sightings, and abductees.

The possible unsettling implications of UFO sightings | Openminds.tv: Marler says, “I came up with the term unambiguous UFOs to separate descriptions of large, low-flying, structured aerial objects from the ubiquitous and ambiguous light in the sky UFO reports. I believe there is a huge distinction between the two that demands clarification.”

Interesting perspective, though not new, still seems to be in the shadows somewhat. The idea that UFO witnesses  (of the “unambiguous” kind) are also abductees is scary — it scares the hell out of me! — and forces the individual to really look at the UFO phenomena. I mean, really look at it: into it, around it, within, behind. There is much more to the standard litany  much of UFO Land expects from “scientific” and “serious” UFO researchers. For example, the  approach the late Elaine Douglas of MUFON took with witnesses. She asked them, after the expected and formulaic questions  were posed: “So, what else, in your whole life, has ever happened to you that you cannot explain?” As Clelland writes, “more often than not, a big story would emerge.”

We have to get to the “big story.” My own “big story” concerns my life up to this moment; sixty years of high strangeness, much of it involving UFOs. I’ve witnessed my share of UFOs, both of the strange lights in the sky variety as well as Marler’s “unambiguous” UFOs.

As readers of my blog The Orange Orb know, I have never said I am an abductee. I’m not sure what really exists within the definition of the word. More pointedly, I do not have any conscious memory of an abduction event. I don’t even recall seeing, in the flesh (or synthetic robotic skin-like covering) an alien being. But right away, I have to say: hold on. I did have my “patio alien” childhood experience, grays met during mediative states, missing time, what appear to be cover memories, telepathic communications with unseen and non-human entities (confirmed and witnessed by others) as well as with craft. (the orange orb, for one.) There are also the vivid and frightening dreams I had right after seeing the orange orb, so bad were these dreams I ended up seeing a therapist. (Who made me feel ashamed and guilty, somehow, silly, suggesting I’ve read too many science fiction novels. I remember walking home both furious at her as well as feeling such frustration and shame.) In Clelland’s article, he quotes abductee researcher Yvonne Smith:

“Smith noted that someone who has seen a UFO sighting might experience nightmares, vivid dreams or recurring flashbacks in the weeks or months afterwords. She feels it is vital that any witness have access to a qualified therapist if any distressing memories emerge.”


I have not pursued hypnosis, nor has my husband, and after the unethical and perverted behavior of  David Jacobs towards Emma Woods, I mistrust the mangled maze that path has become. I haven’t rejected the idea completely, or some similar method, but, if I do explore that angle, I will be very careful.

Then there are  the life long experiences with ghosts, hauntings, and general strangeness.  There are also the experiences of my husband, whose own UFO related events go back to his childhood. Together, we seem to live parallel UFO themed lives. Some experiences and sightings shared, some separate, but it does seem our relationship is rooted in some heavy  karmic cycle connected with UFOs.

Clelland refers to other UFO researchers, including Joe Montaldo, who says UFOs show themselves on purpose:

 “ET never has to show himself to anybody. There is no need to ever let anyone see a craft, ever,” implying that their technology is so advanced that making their craft invisible is effortless, so if anyone actually sees a UFO it is because they want to be seen for a reason. ~[Clelland]

I’ve often had that same thought during a UFO sighting, wondering just why this thing has appeared at this moment, often times seemingly in a waiting mode, until someone comes along and notices.  For example, the triangle I saw years ago seemed to park itself above us (lots of people at an outdoor party) and just stay there. I had the feeling it wanted to be seen. Oddly enough, only about five of us saw the thing. No one else out of the couple hundred people there seemed to notice the UFO. And, just as curiously, no one seemed to notice the five of us standing there, amazed and wondering, looking up at the thing above us. As to my orange orb, I always felt that the object was waiting for me.

This might sound vaguely egotistical, hovering at the edges of some spiritually bent delusion — “Look at me, I’m so special, these UFOs wait for me! ME!” but maybe they weren’t waiting for me but simply, I was the one to look up. And look up I do, I am compelled to go outside very night and have a look see into the starry skies. Not to mention the scanning during daytime. The scarier thought is that they are waiting for me. And all the rest of us who have had these kinds of experiences.

Put that all together, and some connection between “it” and us is clear. Whether or not I am an “abductee” I don’t know.  Is there a “buried abduction event” inside me, as Clelland and the researchers he writes about suggest? I admit it seems almost silly to say “yes” and I recognize the conflicted implications of my comment, for I have respect for those who say they’re abductees, and do not think they are lying or mentally unbalanced. I accept that aliens are here, right now, and have been throughout human history. So why I am reluctant to put myself  in the “abductee” category?




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